By Melanie Nathan

Melanie Nathan

Melanie Nathan is an activist for equality and a human rights advocate who writes and speaks about ending prejudice and discrimination against sexuality minorities. Melanie was born South Africa, where she practiced as an attorney during the apartheid era. She now has an advocacy and conflict resolution practice in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

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Queerty prematurely announces ‘disappointing’ U.S. Supreme Court ruling on DOMA

| Monday, June 10, 2013
In an overzealous attempt to break the news before anyone else, popular LGBT blog jumped the gun early Monday morning by publishing an article announcing that the U.S. Supreme Court had declined to rule on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Still no justice for murdered South African lesbian activist Noxolo Nogwaza

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Noxolo Nogwaza
Wednesday marks the two year anniversary of the brutal death of Noxolo Nogwaza, a South African lesbian and LGBT rights activist. In 2011, 24-year-old Noxolo, organizer of the Ekurhuleni Pride Committee, was murdered in South Africa, while on her way home from a night out with friends. Her attackers raped, repeatedly beat and stabbed her, apparently because of her sexual orientation, before dumping her body in a drainage ditch. Two years after her death, no progress has been made into the investigation of her murder...

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When Harvey met Sally…

| Thursday, February 7, 2013
Sally Miller Gearhart (left) with Melanie Nathan.
Had Harvey Milk lived he might have been the one to set the benchmark for full equality, something our LGBT movement has yet to do. Harvey did not survive and never had the opportunity, yet his legacy has provided inspiration to so many. What remains often untold and so profoundly significant is Harvey’s absolute insistence on the imperative of full inclusion within the gay movement itself...

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David Kato remembered: A hero then, and a hero now

| Saturday, January 26, 2013
David Kato advocated for the freedom of LGBTI Ugandans and for their right to their natural born sexual orientation in a heightened climate of hostility and homophobia ... Today on this second anniversary of the death of Kato, his friends, comrades, human rights defenders, and LGBTI people around the world are expressing their love, comforting each other and extolling the virtues of this great hero, with comments, memories and prayer for the peace of his dearly departed soul.

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Federal judge considers dismissal of suit against anti-gay pastor Scott Lively

| Monday, January 7, 2013
Activists gather outside Massachusetts courthouse Monday in support of gay Ugandans.Photo: © Joe Oliverio.
A crowd of U.S. LGBT activists, holding signs outside the Hampden Federal Courthouse in Massachusetts, braved the early morning cold to support Uganda’s LGBTI community in the first case of its type on U.S. soil, where opening arguments commenced today in a motion for dismissal by anti-gay pastor Scott Lively.

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Scott Lively argument set for next week as persecution of gays escalates in Uganda

| Thursday, January 3, 2013
Scott Lively
When Scott Lively, the founder of Christian Evangelical group Abiding Truth Ministries journeyed to Uganda to incite the persecution of gays, he had no idea that his mission would lead to a lawsuit by Ugandans, on U.S. soil, charging that he had committed crimes against humanity.

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South Africa first to recognize gay flag as an official national symbol

| Saturday, October 6, 2012
The South African government has announced in the official Government Gazette that Gay Flag of South Africa has been approved and accepted as South Africa’s official gay flag (an adaptation of the international gay flag and the South African national flag).

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Murder suspect arrested in brutal slaying of LGBT volunteer in South Africa

| Tuesday, June 26, 2012
A suspect has been arrested in the brutal murder of Thapelo Makuthle in Kuruman, near Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa.

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Police in Uganda raid workshop on gay rights, arrest LGBT activists

| Monday, June 18, 2012
Police in Kampala, Uganda on Monday raided a gay rights meeting and arrested several LGBT activists gathered at the Essela Hotel in Najjeera, a Kampala suburb, accusing the participants of “propagating gay issues in Uganda.”

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Memorial Day includes gay and lesbian Americans, while the law does not

| Monday, May 28, 2012
While all Americans have a right to serve openly in the military, without regard to sexual orientation, thanks to the repeal of the ‘Don’t ask don’t tell’ law, LGBT servicemembers still suffer rampant discrimination with regard to marriage equality, green card sponsorship of binational partners or spouses and a host of other missing benefits caused by lack of equality under the civil law of the U.S.A.

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